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Aug 4, 2020 Matt Erickson
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The second issue of The Beacon Spotlight makes a comparison of abortion today with slavery 200 years ago
Topics: slavery, abortion, Roe v. Wade
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Feb 13, 2020 Matt Erickson
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Issue # 18 of The Beacon Spotlight is entitled "Assessing Claims of Unconstitutional Government Behavior." This issue asserts that when conservatives claim that some federal action that has already passed the muster of the Supreme Court is nevertheless "unconstitutional," their words ring hollow and impotent. The issue further asserts that to understand how progressives and leftists win when they should lose, that conservatives have to seek to show how the questionable...
Topics: Unconstitutional, Constitution, Supreme Court, Congress, conservatives, patriots, U.S. Government,...
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Jan 27, 2020 Matt Erickson
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Issue #17 of The Beacon Spotlight covers the flawed mindset that voting and elections--Democracy--is the most important political action. Voting cannot restore limited government.  Instead, the proper route to restoring limited government is to expose to the bright light of day the legal deception used to steer American government off-course.
Topics: U.S. Constitution, voting, elections, democracy, republic, District of Columbia, District Seat,...
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Dec 6, 2019 Matt Erickson
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The Beacon Spotlight, Issue 16, "The Constitution's Unknown Loophole" discusses the highly-unusual exception to all the normal rules of the Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17. Clause 17, for the District to be constituted as the Seat of Government of the United States outlines what in time would become the District of Columbia. However, holding this clause as part of "This Constitution" which declares shall be "the supreme Law of the Land" allows a...
Topics: U.S. Constitution, exclusive legislation clause, the District of Columbia, District Seat, Clause...
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Nov 11, 2019 Matt Erickson
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The Patriot Corps Petition for a Redress of Grievances is a petition to Congress to right the wrongs implemented by the 1821 Supreme Court case of Cohens v. Virginia, when it said "The clause which gives exclusive legislation is, unquestionably, a part of the Constitution, and, as such, binds all the United States". Indeed, although Art. VI, Cl. 2 of the Constitution expressly declares that (all of) "This Constitution" shall be the "supreme Law of the Land",...
Topics: U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, exclusive legislation clause, forts, magazines,...
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Jul 4, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Issue #15 of The Beacon Spotlight examines the June 20, 2019 Gundy v. U.S. decision by the U.S. supreme Court, which examined the delegation to executive officials legislative powers otherwise nominally within the domain of Congress. Associate Justice Elena Kagan, writing the majority opinion for the Court, began by noting that “[t]he nondelegation doctrine bars Congress from transferring its legislative power to another branch of Government” yet otherwise the Court still upheld that...
Topics: gundy v. u.s., u.s. supreme court, nondelegation doctrine, legislative powers, executive officials
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Jun 6, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Issue # 14 of The Beacon Spotlight --"Arbitrary Government Action"--provides a brief, two-page synopsis that lays at the foundation of all of Patriot Corps' work. The newsletter issue provides the briefest explanation of how members of Congress and federal officials bypass normal constitutional constraints, with impunity.
Topics: Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, District Seat, District of...
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May 31, 2019 Matt Erickson
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The Foul Stench of Inherent Federal Discretion is the title of the 13th issue of The Beacon Spotlight newsletter issued by the Patriot Corps and also promoted by the Foundation For Liberty. The paper looks at how in the world federal officials and members of Congress have ever been able to exercise inherent federal discretion. Understanding the clever mechanism that allows inherent federal discretion makes one realize its true limitations and how patriots may throw off two hundred years of...
Topics: U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, in all Cases whatsoever, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17,...
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May 15, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Issue #12 of The Beacon Spotlight examines the W ords of Tyranny--"in all Cases whatsoever" that are surprisingly found in the U.S. Constitution. History shows this simple phrase was at the root of oppressive British action against the American colonies after Parliament enacted the British "Declaratory Act" in 1766 which contained this draconian principle, that Britain could bind the American colonies and colonists against their will and without their consent "in all...
Topics: Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, District Seat, District of Columbia, in all Cases...
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Apr 16, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Issue #11 of The Beacon Spotlight summarizes the premise of Matt Erickson's public domain book, Understanding Federal Tyranny . Patriots ignore the highly unusual exception (Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 [for the District Seat]) to all the normal rules (the U.S. Constitution) at their peril, for it outlines a source of essentially unlimited powers (save only to avoid the few express prohibitions on federal powers [such as found in the Bill of Rights]). The District of Columbia is a special...
Topics: Constitution, Article I, District Seat, District of Columbia, exclusive legislative jurisdiction,...
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Mar 5, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Understanding Federal Tyranny begins with a two-chapter overview, to provide a general framework to explain how government servants effectively became our political masters. Then, the last three chapters “follow the money” to prove true the outline in a specific case (the case of how our lawful money of gold and silver coin was effectively replaced with irredeemable paper currency). Understanding Federal Tyranny answers The Peculiar Conundrum— the odd phenomenon of how members of Congress...
Topics: members of Congress, federal officials, supreme Court, judges, justices, American Presidents,...
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Feb 23, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 4 of the 5-part Patriot Corps video presentation series, Understanding Federal Tyranny discusses the Legal Tender Act of February 25, 1862 which was the first Act of Congress to issue paper currencies declared a legal tender. The video shows how The Legal Tender Cases court of 1871 cleverly ruled in opposition to three earlier supreme Court cases that all denied paper currencies were a legal tender, including the 1870 Hepburn v. Griswold court which expressly stated that the Constitution...
Topics: Bank of the United States, War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of State,...
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Feb 23, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 3 of Understanding Federal Tyranny examines the Coinage Act of 1792 , to show that the constitutional power "To coin Money" and regulate its value (under Article I, Section 8, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution) only empowers Congress to specify lawful tender money with a given purity standard and weight of gold and silver, while giving them specific monetary value.
Topics: Coinage Act of April 2 1792, gold, silver, coin, lawful money, legal tender, standard of value,...
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Feb 18, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 5 of the 5-part Understanding Federal Tyranny video series examines President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's April 5, 1933 Executive Order No. 6102 that required all persons to deliver their gold to the banks, to accept in place of gold irredeemable paper currency. However, careful analysis of F.D.R.'s Decree of '33 shows that the only "persons" who the executive order commanded to deliver their gold to the banks were bank shareholders who had a contractual obligation (because of...
Topics: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Executive Order No. 6102, April 5, 1933, Trading with the Enemy Act,...
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Feb 17, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 2 of the 5-part video presentation Understanding Federal Tyranny completes the broad overview began in Part 1, showing how members of Congress and federal officials bypass their constitutional constraints, with impunity from a broad perspective. Parts 3, 4 and 5 will then "follow the money" as they expound upon a specific example to prove true the overview.
Topics: Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, bank of the United States, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander...
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Feb 17, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 1 of the 5-part Understanding Federal Tyranny video presentation is the first half of the overview of general principles, which shows how members of Congress and federal officials bypass their constitutional restraints with impunity.
Topics: The Peculiar Conundrum, tyranny, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John...
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Feb 17, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 5 of Understanding Federal Tyranny examines President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's April 5, 1933 gold confiscation executive order no. 6102, showing it to be a masterpiece of deception and fraud. The only "persons" who could be commanded to deliver their gold to the banks were bank shareholders who had a legal obligation by the 1913 Federal Reserve Act to back their banking liabilities with gold. The President's Decree of '33 was but a Margin Call on those banking shareholders to...
Topics: Gold confiscation, gold prohibition, Gold Reserve Act of 1934, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Executive...
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Feb 16, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 4 of Understanding Federal Tyranny examines the Legal Tender Act of 1862, the first Act under the Constitution to emit paper currencies and declare them a legal tender. This audio examines two of the first three court cases to rule on the matter, as they all denied that the paper currency notes were a legal tender in the cases before the court (going so far as to say that the Constitution prohibited legal tender paper currencies). The audio then examines next the Legal Tender Cases court...
Topics: legal tender, paper currency, paper money, paper notes, Treasury Notes, United States notes,...
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Jan 26, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 3 of the five-part Patriot Corps' video Understanding Federal Tyranny begins a three-part examination into a specific case (that of, "following the money") to prove true Parts 1 and 2 which provided the general overview. Part 3 examines the Coinage Act of 1792 to show American lawful tender money to be only gold and silver coin of precise purity and targeted weight.
Topics: Coinage Act of 1792, money, lawful tender, legal tender, gold coin, silver coin, bullion, specie,...
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Jan 19, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 2 of the five-part presentation of Understanding Federal Tyranny continues with the general overview began in Part 1, explaining in broad terms and from a wide overview how members of Congress and federal officials bypass their constitutional constraints with impunity.
Topics: Constitution, Maryland land cession, 1791, District Seat, District of Columbia, Article I, Section...
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Jan 13, 2019 Matt Erickson
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Part 1 of the five-part Patriot Corps presentation of Understanding Federal Tyranny provides half of the overview (Part 2 will complete the overview) that explains in general terms how members of Congress and federal officials ignore their constitutional constraints with impunity. Having a framework understood clearly in one's mind before getting to the particulars of an example helps as Parts 3, 4 and 5 begin to examine the specific case of "following the money"--as they look into...
Topics: U.S. Constitution, Article VII ratification, Article V amendment, in all cases whatsoever, the...
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Jul 4, 2018 Matt Erickson
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Waging War without Congress First Declaring It examines the odd phenomenon of American Presidents unilaterally waging war without a formal Declaration of War by Congress.
Topics: Vietnam War, Korean War, President Harry S. Truman, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Military, National...
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Jan 10, 2018 Matt Erickson
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Fighting Back tells the story of gold and silver coins throwing off their age-old Supreme Mandate of Non-Interference with the human world, to restore fiscal sanity and wage war against their arch nemesis, paper currency, which has been impoverishing human beings ever since gold was thrown to the curb by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order # 6102 of April 5, 1933 and silver coins were substituted with copper and nickel by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.
Topics: Constitution, legal tender, gold, silver, coin, gold confiscation, fdr, franklin d. roosevelt,...
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Jul 4, 2017 Matt Erickson
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Envision for a moment, the following nonsensical sportscast: “Only seventeen seconds remain on the clock as we near the end of the sixth inning.  The soccer ball is caught by Right End Tom King, only 9 yards from home plate. “To keep from being called for ‘Traveling,’ King dribbles the ball but still manages to get past the Goalie without being tackled.  Moments later he slam-dunks the ball through the basket to score a touchdown and the Cattails win the game.” It wouldn’t take...
Topics: United Franchises of Aminica, political allegory, Compact, Constitution, United States of America,...
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Sep 21, 2016 Matt Erickson
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The tenth issue of The Beacon Spotlight , Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and Tyranny, is an objective look into the classic 1957 novel which has inspired countless libertarians and conservative  Americans.   Rand, a fervent atheist, pulls no punches railing against Christians, but a critical inspection of her characters reveals they suffer from the same actions of which Rand so bitterly complains.  Although Rand tells why the 'looters' who control absolute government shouldn't be allowed to...
Topics: Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Bald Justice, Base Tyranny, Bare Liberty, Patriot Quest, Dollars and...
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The 9th issue of The Beacon Spotlight examines the unknown exception to the Tenth Amendment, where no State of the Union was reserved any powers.  Understanding this exception allows one to understand how members of Congress and government officials may act in all cases whatsoever with a power which defies imagination and apparent limitation.
Topics: constitution, virginia, tyranny, maryland, alexandria, forts, district of columbia, states rights,...
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Jun 25, 2016 Matt Erickson
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The eighth issue of The Beacon Spotlight examines the false belief that our American government was empowered to confiscate American gold in 1933, showing President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order No. 6102 was a masterpiece of government deception.
Topics: gold, confiscation, April 5, 1933, executive order No. 6102, President Franklin D. Roosevelt,...
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May 20, 2016 Matt Erickson
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The Beacon Spotlight, Issue 7, seeks to expose the fundamental method by which members of Congress and officials of the federal government use to expand their powers and rule over American citizens with few restrictions. Please consider reading these four short pages which seek to provide a framework which Patriots may use to begin to make Sense out of Government Nonsense, so we may Restore Our American Republic, once and for all. We must learn to differentiate mere symptoms from the underlying...
Topics: Article VII, Article V, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, U.S. Constitution, members of Congress,...
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Feb 20, 2016 Matt Erickson
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This issue of The Beacon Spotlight examines using the First Amendment to restore limited government rather than the Second Amendment as used in the Malheur Militant Standoff nears Burns, Oregon. America's public lands are examined herein, looking back to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and similar unappropriated lands for guidance.
Topics: Northwest Ordinance of 1787, 9/11, Burns, Oregon, 1791, public domain, Paris Peace treaty,...
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Jan 23, 2016 Matt Erickson
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While Patriots repeatedly complain that progressives ignore the U.S. Constitution with impunity, Patriot Quest shows in reality that there is only strict construction of the Constitution, and those who act contrary to the spirit of the Constitution are, surprisingly, the ones who necessarily hold its letter up to its strictest terms. To back up that claim, Patriot Quest examines the precedent-setting 1871 Supreme Court case which first upheld paper currencies as legal tender (despite earlier...
Topics: Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, in all cases whatsoever, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander...
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Oct 4, 2015 Matt Erickson
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As these proud and once-prosperous United States of America continue in tragic decline, Mark Evanston leaps back into action in the third and final installment of the Bald Justice series, Bare Liberty . Working with his colleagues at the Patriot Corps, Mark continues on with his Patriot Quest to eliminate government tyranny, once and for all. Mark routs out evil where it lurks most prevalently, within our monetary system which was cleverly separated from the gold and silver coin which is...
Topics: silver, money, constitution, bank, gold, coin, legal tender, section 8, federal reserve act,...
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While Patriots repeatedly complain that progressives ignore the U.S. Constitution with impunity, Patriot Quest shows in reality that there is only strict construction of the Constitution, and those who act contrary to the spirit of the Constitution are, surprisingly, the ones who necessarily hold its letter up to its strictest terms. To back up that claim, Patriot Quest examines the precedent-setting 1871 Supreme Court case which first upheld paper currencies as legal tender (despite earlier...
Topics: legal tender paper currency, amendment, forts, electoral college, section 8, dockyards, marbury v....
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Apr 18, 2014 Matt Erickson
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Dollars and nonCents examines American monetary history, showing how paper currencies were deceptively made a legal tender (alongside gold and silver coin) in 1862 and cleverly upheld by the courts who were not exactly forthright with their rulings (necessitating a reading between the lines to understand them). Dollars and nonCents recommends a grain of gold as a market unit for accounting for the amount of gold, to begin transitioning away from the debt-based dollar which is destabilizing the...
Topics: silver, constitution, dollar, eagle, coin, legal tender, troy ounce, gold coin, chief justice john...
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Jan 12, 2014 Matt Erickson
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Issue #5 of The Beacon Spotlight looks into the conflicting practice of U.S. Senators and Representatives taking an oath "of office", given the wall of separation between members of Congress holding legislative seats and government officers of the executive and judicial branches by Article I, Section 6, Clause 2 of the Constitution which states that "no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office."
Topic: Constitutional Separation of Powers and the Conflicting Practice of Members of Congress Taking an...
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Dec 24, 2013 Matt Erickson
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Drowning In Tyranny details how the U.S. government may ignore the spirit of the Constitution even as it follows its letter. Learn how to Restore Liberty and Justice Once and For All.
Topics: Tyranny, Constitution, Restoring Liberty and Justice, Once and For All, Once and For All Amendment
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Nov 3, 2013 Matt Erickson
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Tyranny's Seat, Ten Miles Square details how the federal government has deceptively expanded its ten miles square jurisdiction for the seat of government of the United States to expand its tyranny throughout all the United States. Also covered is the "Once and For All Amendment" which is capable of restoring liberty and justice once and for all, along the likes Americans haven't seen since the 1860's.
Topics: Tyranny's Seat, District of Columbia, exclusive legislative jurisdiction, in all cases whatsoever,...
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Sep 2, 2013 Matt Erickson
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Tyranny's Seat provides the case for a new constitutional amendment to Restore Liberty and Justice, Once and For All. The path to restore strict construction of the U.S. Constitution is crystal clear once the actual problem we face is accurately diagnosed and clearly presented. We cannot afford to be lead astray from strict moorings the Constitution provides for our government.
Topics: U.S. Constitution, Amendment, Once and For All Amendment, proposed 28th Amendment, District of...
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Jun 3, 2013 Matt Erickson
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Base Tyranny is the second book in a fiction series (following Bald Justice ), looking at our monetary history of gold and silver coin transitioning into paper currencies.
Topics: gold, silver, coin, lawful money, legal tender, constitution, Mark Evanston, Matt Erickson, Atlas...
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Apr 19, 2013 Matt Erickson
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Issue 4 of The Beacon Spotlight looks into establishing a grain of gold as the market-based Standard Unit of Value.
Topics: gold, coin, grain, money, unit, account, legal tender
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Mar 31, 2013 Matt Erickson
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Volume II of Monetary Laws contain an appendix of America's monetary laws.
Topics: money, laws, monetary, April 2, 1792, act, June 28, 1834, January 18, 1837, February 21, 1853,...
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Mar 31, 2013 Matt Erickson
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Monetary Laws of the United States , Volume I, is the narrative discussion of America's monetary laws (see Volume II for the law text themselves). Discover how America's money of gold and silver coin was deceptively replaced with legal tender paper currency in 1862 and how F.D.R. cleverly called in gold in 1933.
Topics: Money, laws, gold, silver, coin, legal tender, lawful money, confiscation, prohibition, executive,...
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Mar 31, 2013 Matt Erickson
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The century-old Evanston farmhouse was demolished to make way for development.  Looking to save a few foundation bricks as keepsakes, Mark Evanston stumbled upon his great-grandfather’s long-lost gold cache, along with his great-grandfather’s monetary research. After word spread about the gold discovery, U.S. Marshals soon arrived with a warrant to seize it, saying the great-grandfather failed to turn in his gold as commanded in 1933 by President Roosevelt. Mark began studying his...
Topics: gold, silver, coin, legal tender, lawful money, constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 5, paper...